The Facilitated Group Process in ISD

I’ve been facilitating Groups of experts since 1979 – not on every project – but on a majority of them. And I’m talking hundreds of Instructional Development Projects.

I even wrote about that first experience – born of extreme frustration – 20 years after the fact – here.

It was an “EFX” if you will. ;)

In 1984 my business partners and I published two articles about the use of the FGP in both Analysis and in Design.

Performance-Based Curriculum Architecture Design via a Facilitated Group Process – 6 page PDF– published in Training Magazine in September 1984. –This was the first publication about Curriculum Architecture Design. Plus – the original manuscript (30 pages) – How to Build a Training Structure That Won’t Keep Burning Down.

Models and Matrices – 5 page PDF, published in NSPI’s (ISPI’s) Performance & Instruction Journal, November 1984 – This was the first publication of the Performance and Enabler Analysis methods for ISD using a Facilitated Group Process that I have been using since 1979 and as an ISD consultant starting in 1982.

If I Could

If I could, I’d always do the following “aspects” of my projects of I’ve been facilitating Groups/Teams of experts since 1979 – not on every project – but on a majority of them.

And I’m talking hundreds of Instructional Development Projects, using an FGP approach – with Groups/Teams:

  • project planning
  • project management
  • analysis
  • design of an Instructional Architecture, Paths, and Planning Guides
  • design of the modular Events, Lessons and Instructional Activities
  • development of the modular Events, Lessons and Instructional Activities
  • pilot testing of the modular Events, Lessons and Instructional Activities

As I have indeed been able to use my Facilitated Group Process with teams of experts – on some of those aspects only occasionally and on other aspects most of the time.

This next graphic contains an element lifted from a 1991 newsletter – part of a series of quarterly newsletters that my firm decided to use to start to share our Instructional methodologies.

Not that facilitating a team of experts is easy-peasy. It is not.

It is just quicker and in my experience – it also provides more accurate, complete (yet incomplete), and appropriate Instructional Content and Methods – and does so MUCH MORE QUICKLY!

Most of my clients were always in a hurry – and in order to get them to agree to allow me to do Analysis (THE KEY TO SUCCESS!) I’d have to do the entire project – end to end – faster than what they were used to.

Master Performers Are THE Experts to Leverage

In the 1984 articles we shared our thoughts about Master Performers (What Gilbert called Exemplars).

Here – from the 1984 NSPI article:

If You Could bring the Non-Master Performers up to thePerformance Levels of the Master Performers – there MIGHT be a worthy PIP – Performance Improvement Potential.

And that might generate a worthy ROI – Return on Investment.

And that’s what it is all about IMO.

If it were all your money – how would you want it invested? On anything and everything that comes up – or on things with a sufficient return?

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